Since man as discovered his consciousness and began to live in groups, he has thought and wondered about the beauty of nature, the vastness of space and immensity of time. Since then he has searched for a creator of this universe and all its constituents. This was mans first perception about God, ‘the creator’. As time passed by man discovered his ignorance about certain things that surrounded him thus he attributed most things beyond his comprehension or understanding to God.
In the first instance is it not enough to enter a garden filled with beautiful flowers and appreciate it without thinking that there is a being at the bottom who planted it? Man in his quest to appreciate the beauty of his immediate environment and everything that was there before his existence as in his ignorance shifted the quest of understanding the complex puzzle of life to an all knowing creator that was there before his existence and know all about his existence.
As time went by, man had another puzzle to solve, though he now believes a creator exists, he wanted to know why he was created, his purpose of being alive. Yet again he related this to the eternal being, he saw himself as a servant of this creator. This was a new beginning as man started to feel God and God started revealing himself in different ways. For a long this perceptions and views about God has developed into what is now known as religion. Religion has helped in giving life meaning and solving life great puzzles.
In the mid nineteenth century when science became very prominent, it has been used as a tool in discovering our world and answering many life great questions. Since then man’s understanding, meaning and perception of God and the universe has changed. He now knows the earth is round, not flat, that we evolved from the molecules of the early ocean, apes are our cousins, he now understand the weather and seasons, have landed on the moon, discovered the theory of evolution, the big bang theory, and now have answers to various life puzzles
Science has explained to man that the God theologians refer to is a ‘blind watch maker’ creating the universe following no specific pattern but guided by rules and laws of nature, out of all the plants and animals that have ever existed on the earth 99 percent are now extinct. The way we perceive God in this generation is quite different from the way our forefathers have perceived him, we no longer require any means of invisible support. It is said that men may not be the dreams of Gods, but rather that the Gods are the dreams of men.
it is quite impossible for a specie of our kind with limited time of about only 70 years to know it all, what we should strive for is making wise and efficient use of the little we are able to grasp, to change the world as we know it today to a better place for us and our unborn generation.